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AIC-Opposed Annexation Bill Moves to House Amending Order

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The House Local Government Committee voted to send House Bill 130, sponsored by Rep. Jarom Wagoner, R-Caldwell, to the amending order for changes to clarify provisions concerning shoestring annexations and possibly other matters. 

The AIC Board of Directors voted to oppose House Bill 130, and the American Planning Association Idaho Chapter also opposed the bill.   We appreciate the efforts by city officials around the state who sent in letters or contacted legislators in opposition to House Bill 130. 

“I work as a city planner,” said Wagoner, “and I’ve been in the planning field for 15 years.  My motivation with this bill was to make the annexation law more concise and more easily understood.” 

Outstanding testimony was provided by AIC Legislative Chair Mayor John Evans of Garden City.  Mayor Evans testified that “annexation is foundational to healthy, growing cities and we are concerned that we haven’t had enough time to determine the impacts on cities, large and small.”  

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